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China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and member of the girl group McClain. China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel; however, she became nationally known after 2007, when she joined the cast of the series Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Jazmine Payne, and internationally as Chyna Parks, the star of the Disney Channel television series A.N.T. Farm.
Disney released the soundtrack of the television series ANT Farm on October 11, 2011. McClain sings six songs and two solos with her sisters on the soundtrack, which debuted in the Billboard 200 at number 29 with 14,000 copies sold in its first week. The release containing the hit song "Calling All the Monsters" reached the eighty-sixth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
McClain was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer. Her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her family.
2005-13: Tyler Perry's House of Payne and A.N.T. Farm:
McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his 2005 feature film The Gospel. Her role caught the attention of Tyler Perry, who cast her as Jazmine Payne in the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She appears in the movie Daddy's Little Girls with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, who are also actresses and play her older sisters in the film. McClain appeared in and guest starred in various other shows and movies such as Hannah Montana with Sierra McCormick, NCIS and the 2009 film Hurricane Season.Jonas L.A. was also a Disney Channel shows she was on. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups, as Charlotte McKenzie. McClain appeared on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 as Tina in one episode entitled "Wizards vs. Angels".
In 2011, McClain was cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". She also sings the series theme song, "Exceptional". China Anne's first music video, for "Dynamite", premiered on July 23, 2011 on Disney Channel. After less than a week, more than 1 million views on YouTube were reported. She has appeared in an episode of PrankStars. She also appeared in the Chiddy Bang Opposite of Adults music video. For the Disney Channel Halloween special in 2011, she performed the song, "Calling All The Monsters". On June 14, 2011, China and her sisters - known as the McClain Sisters - signed with Hollywood Records. The A.N.T. Farm soundtrack was released on October 11, 2011, featuring China Anne's version of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. On September 28, 2011, China Anne released "Calling All The Monsters" to iTunes. "Calling All The Monsters" charted number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On November 24, 2011, China performed her song "Unstoppable" in the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
She co-starred in the 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. On December 27, 2013, it was announced on her Twitter page that A.N.T. Farm would be ending after it's 3rd season. On the same day, it was revealed that the McClain Sisters had left Hollywood Records. In the March/April 2014 issue of BYOU Magazine, China said it was "bittersweet" that A.N.T Farm was ending, and announced plans to focus on doing music with her sisters. McClain appeared on ABC's Sing Your Face Off television show, broadcast from May 31 - June 14, 2014, winning the show's first season.
Sing Your Face Off performances and results
Michael Jackson and Bobby Day
"Girl on Fire"
"Living in America"
"The Greatest Love of All"
Films and television films
Madea's Family Reunion
A Dennis the Menace Christmas
Daddy's Little Girls
Six Blocks Wide
Jack and Janet Save the Planet
Voice; Television film
Grown Ups 2
How to Build a Better Boy
TV show and television appearances
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Main role (Seasons 1-6),
Recurring role (Season 7-8)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"6.165" (Season 6, Episode 165)
"Welcome to the Bungle" (Season 3, Episode 8)
"Knockout" (Season 6, Episode 18)
Recurring role (Season 2)
Wizards of Waverly Place
"Dancing with Angels" (Season 4, Episode 8),
"Wizards vs Angels" (Season 4, Episode 9)
"Game Showed Up" (Season 1, Episode 2)
"Chilly Gets Chilly/ Through the Reading Glasses" (Season 1, Episode 24)
Sing Your Face Off
Herself / Contestant
R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series
"Argh V" (Season 4, Episode 7)
"The Lost in the Found" (Season 10, Episode 17)
VeggieTales in the House
Voice; "Jenna Chive Live" (Season 1, Episode 15)